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Thats lovely Lowena, so simple but so effective.

The Haberdashery / Re: how to organise needles?
« on: June 17, 2017, 17:57:05 PM »
I have a cheap plastic box the has several sections, it originally held loom bands somebody's child had.

I put different types of needles in their packs in the different sections.  Used but not shot needles are returned to appropriate section but not back into the packet.

I put a pretty glass bead into the section that held the needle when I put it into the machine so I know what is in the machine.

All in all, quite organised for me!

In the wardrobe / Bias shirt yokes
« on: June 17, 2017, 16:07:56 PM »
I am making DH a shirt from some checked fabric I bought from Fabworks.

I am making it with short sleeves and my intention is to cut the pockets, front bands and the yoke on the bias.

Should I cut the under yoke on the bias or on the straight grain?

My instinct says if I cut it on grain it will be more stable but my insticts have been very wrong in the past >:)

A Good Yarn / Re: Caterpillar Crochet
« on: June 16, 2017, 15:27:54 PM »
Just checked out that guy's website, the Caterpillar rug is awesome.

I never seen a crocheted penis before!  I've !ead such a sheltered life.

MC, I have to keep the plans for the Touch and Sew very quiet atm - other half is getting a bit twitchy around sewing machines....   But, if it's a real bargain, then how can I refuse?

I can always offer to re-home a couple of the other machines  ;)  - I promise  ;)

:vintage:  :) :vintage: :) :vintage:

Yes Jessie, we believe you ;)

Fun with Fabric / Re: What have you bought?
« on: June 15, 2017, 10:48:12 AM »
I had a lovely trip to Fabworks in Dewsbury the other day, my first visit but definitely not my last.

Lots of lovely knits at very reasonable prices, a couple of shirtings for DH  at only £4 a metre and two lots of linen blends for summer trousers for me.

The most impressive thing was the was the very nice lady who served me was able to pack ten different lengths of fabric into one carrier, makes it so much easier to get past security :ninja:

Very dramatic, looks wonderful and so warm and cosy. 0_0

In the wardrobe / Advice needed
« on: June 09, 2017, 00:27:25 AM »
I have made a simple halter necked dress several times for DD.

It is designed for wovens and I have used firm cottons and drapy viscose, and the results have always been fine.

She wants me to make it again for a summer wedding and has presented me with a fine knit.  The colours are lovely and she has fallen in love with the fabric.

My idea is to use a fine woven cotton as a lining for the skirt and I was thinking of mounting  the knit fabric on the same woven fabric to stabilize it for the bodice.

Am I going in the right direction or barking up entirely the wrong tree.

The dress has a self lined bodice attached to the skirt and it has an elastic waist.

A Good Yarn / Re: Cast off for socks
« on: June 09, 2017, 00:09:47 AM »
Just want to say the Russian cast off worked wonderfully.

Easy to do and a lovely neat edge.

In the wardrobe / Re: Lovenotions. Laundry day tee
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:58:37 AM »
The tank armholes are huge!

I make the adjusted version for a tee, but will try the original version for my next tank.

I also slim the sides down a little now.

In the wardrobe / Re: Best hem for jersey?
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:50:51 AM »
It might be easier and cheaper to buy some suitable fusible interfacing and just cut the width you want.

If you have a rotary cutter it takes seconds.

They seem to charge more for a reel of tape than a metre of the same stuff.

I got this years ago, never got past lesson 3.  It was literally watching paint dry |O

Mind you I'm hopeless with colour so should really watch it next time I have insomnia.

I hope Lowena reads this ;)

In the wardrobe / Re: DGD3 is a natural
« on: June 03, 2017, 09:52:46 AM »
Lyn that must give you so much pleasure!

You're giving her a skill and building memories, wonderful.

A Good Yarn / Re: Cast off for socks
« on: June 02, 2017, 20:38:42 PM »
Turkish cast on - Russian bind off, I never realised how cosmopolitan my socks could be, thanks ladies.

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